Beer & Tunes

ltaBeer is good – so are tunes- and when you are sitting around Tarn Aeluin, beer is big! Here’s my current top 10 beers and the music I’m most interested in lately by artist.

My full beer list is here.

First the good stuff – the beer. For those who read my earlier post, you’ll notice a few differences:

  1. Kane High Head On draft at Willie McBrides in Branchburg, NJ. Hop-tastic beer finally knocks Long Trail IPA and Ye Olde Tarvern off the top spot. Only available in New Jersey.
  2. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA On draft at the House of Beor! An excellent, crisp, hop-tastic, and golden-copper brew. Lots of floral and bitter hops combine to make this a magical experience. A bit $$$, but well worth it from one of the best brewers in the USA.
  3. Long Trail IPA (served on draft at the Ye Olde Tavern, Manchester, VT USA): in my humble opinion the best beer in America, but only at this specific location. In a bottle it wouldn’t make the list. At the brewery maybe, but at this specific place it is a magical experience.
  4. Founder’s All Day Session IPA: Even out of the bottle this is a beer to experience. The hop kick and flavor is stunning. Drink up since it is a session beer!
  5. Troegs Nugget Nectar is a golden ale with great color and deep flavor without overwhelming you with heaviness.  Best to get it on draft – Buttonwood Grill in Lahaska, PA in the spring – it is a seasonal beer. Last year Central Liquors in Flemington, NJ surprised me by getting a keg for me 🙂 Nice guys there.
  6. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale: After much consideration this ale must make my top ten. Rich and hoppy with one of the most incredible heads on an ale, it is a treat any time of the year and I’ll stock it in my kegerator whenever I can get it.
  7. Green Flash West Coast IPA try to get this on tap. There are a few places in the Philly area that have it. A wonderful hop-tastic experience.
  8. Bass Ale (on draft at the Pig n’ Whistle, Manhattan NYC): The Bass at the PnW is fantastic – the hops are magnificent. I have no explanation for why the Bass is better here than anywhere else, but it is.
  9. Keizer Karel – Charles Quint (preferably in Antwerp at De Pelgrom or De Grootte Ganz): a mid-alcohol Belgian classic. There are few better things than a few of these on the Groenplaats in Antwerp on a summer evening. If you’re in De Grootte Ganz make sure you say “arrrggghhh” a few times 🙂
  10. Anchor Steam (San Francisco – draft only): Another specialty beer best consumed on its native turf. Dark and malty, but also not too filling. Anchor is an American original for beer so get it and enjoy.

Honorable mentions: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Celebration, Lagunitas IPA, and Stone IPA

Best Watering Holes for Beer:

  1. Ye Olde Tavern – Manchester, VT
  2. Issac Newton’s – Newtown, PA
  3. Nancy Blake’s – Limerick, IR
  4. De Pelgrom/De Grotte Ganz – Antwerp, Belgium
  5. Long Trail Brewery – Waterloo, VT
  6. Pig n’ Whistle – New York, NY
  7. Yard House – San Deigo, CA
  8. Chlosterhof – Stein Am Rhein, Switzerland
  9. Iron Hill Brewery – West Chester, PA
  10. Gordon Ramsay’s Pub – Las Vegas, NV

What about the music? I won’t go into detail. If you don’t know the names…google works…here’s a few things I listen to.

  1. 3 Doors Down
  2. U2
  3. Rise Against
  4. Offspring
  5. Hans Zimmer
  6. Zach Brown Band
  7. Smashing Pumpkins
  8. The Ramones
  9. Foo Fighters
  10. The Who
  11. Pink Floyd


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  2. Mike

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

  3. Mark

    Jeff, what’s your take on Beamish? I enjoyed that more than Guiness while in Ireland late last year. I’ve only seen it in cans here and can’t bring myself to try it.

    Also, Riverhorse rocks. As does Anchor Steam (came to know that I lived in SF). They also distill a gin, Junipero, and a bourbon, Old Potrero, named after Potrero Hill section of SF where the Anchor Steam brewery is.


    1. Beren (Post author)

      I’m not big on any stout in a can. I’ve had Beamish in Europe, but I guess I’m still a Guinness fan.

      Here in the states I’ve had some good US stouts lately. Rock Bottom in King of Prussia has a good stout right now that is aged in a bourbon barrel. Pretty nice.

      I didn’t know about this Anchor bourbon – that sounds interesting…although technically I don’t think it can be a bourbon unless it is made in Kentucky. Definitely sounds interesting – is there a plcae to buy it on the east coast?

      There are a lot of really good beer places here in PA – Issac Newton’s in Newtown and the General Lafayette Inn are two of my favorites. Porterhouse in Lahaska is also pretty good…if you are ever in the ears I’m always up for a beer. 🙂

  4. Mark

    You are correct, sir. It would be Old Potrero whiskey. Unless it’s distilled in Bourbon County, it ain’t bourbon. And I believe the Joe Canal’s in the Mercer Mall on Route 1 in Lawrenceville, NJ, carries both the gin and whiskey. Believe that’s the only place I’ve seen it.

  5. Dave

    You need a spot for any Victory beer, replace the Sam with Yuengling (you’re in Pennsylvania now) and try the Dogfish Head IPA, I promise you won’t go back.

  6. Beren (Post author)

    Oh well- I’m not a big Yeungling fan…its ok and all, but not top tier. Dogfish is good stuff, but this is a tough list and I don’t see it breaking in. IMHO Flying Fish HopFish is about as good as it gets with American IPA’s.

  7. Ruben

    Kaizer Karel should be Keizer Karel (in dutch).
    Great content!

  8. Beren (Post author)

    Thanks Ruben – for some reason my spell checker didn’t get that one. It has been about 2 years since I was in Belgium. Maybe a sign it has been too long? 🙂

    Soon I will post an addition for my “top 10 watering holes” – best places for beer on my list.


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